Modest Mouse Hits CNet Editor’s House With Their Bass from Two Miles Away

Digital Noise is Cnet’s popular digital music distribution blog which is edited by Matt Rosoff. Matt is based in Seattle and yesterday he noticed some crazy happenings when his computer fell off his table.

A couple of minutes ago, as I sat at my computer in my home office–windows closed against the sudden fall weather–I was roused by the telltale rumble of rock music coming from somewhere nearby. I live in a pretty boring neighbourhood, and the summer party season seemed to be over, so I chalked it up to the bar a few blocks away, although I usually don’t hear music coming from there until closing time. It was only 10:15 p.m.

I walked outside and listened, trying to identify the song. The bass and kick drum were clear, and occasionally I heard a higher-pitched noise that could have been a guitar or keyboard. Then it stopped for a few seconds and a different bassline came on. I immediately recognized Modest Mouse’s “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” (listen and you’ll understand how).

It’s not a neighbour, or the bar down the street. Modest Mouse is currently closing out Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual three-day music festival, at an outdoor arena called Memorial Stadium, which is located about two miles away (according to Bing maps) with two large hills and a lake in between.


Portable Rockstar “Beaterator” For PSP And iPhone.


UK games developers Rockstar ( famous for Grand Theft Auto series)have produced a platform/sequencer for producing tunes on the PSP. The “Beaterator” has been endorsed by US hip-hop producer Timbaland (watch his review here) who has contributed to providing a library of around 1600 samples. The Sequencer tool also has capabilities to accept any new samples you want to import yourself via memory stick.

The audio engine bounces along at 16 word-length, 22kHz sample rate and includes a mixer with eight stereo tracks, these can be looped wit a built in synth or/and a sequencer pattern. because each pattern can include up to eight sample channels you can create up to a maximum 64 samples in each tune. Extra techy info includes each mixer accommodating up to two insert effects including compression, EQ and Multi-mode Filters along with others soon to be announced. The Beaterator comes with a virtual-analogue synth (mono) with three oscillators. Each oscillator allows you to move and bend the noises with its sinewave anything up to as much as 10 percent. You can see the live demo here. The sequencer also has built in multi-mode filters and two assignable LFO’s (low frequency oscillators). On top of the standard song arrangement (which you’ll probably use most of the time) there is a session mode for playback of your loops or you can just wing it live an make it up as you go along! Glow sticks and whistles at the ready! Buying some external speakers are a must surely!

The Beaterator is due to come out in the US at the end of September (29th) at around $40, an in the UK a month later on October for £30. The developers have announced they intend to release a version of the Beaterator for the AppleiPhone, which has around twice the processing power of the PSP, for the autumn. With some expansion on the synth concept with the touch screen hopefully.

New Auto Tune iPhone Application from T-Pain – Powered by Smule

There is a new iPhone application out that is making quite a stir. The application is called “I am T-Pain”. This new iPhone app allows you to hear what your own voice sounds like when Auto-tuned.

Launch the I Am T-Pain app, select you favourite track, and just sing into the Mic on your iPhone. I Am T-Pain will record your new song and then with a single button you can publish your song via email, Facebook or Myspace.

The app is available worldwide and is currently selling in the UK iTunes store for £1.79, click here to check it out.

The app is powered by the leading music iPhone app developed Smule.

10 New Downloads RouteNote Thinks You Should Listen To Before This Year Ends.

Everybody knows that the world is going download and its just as important now to make sure your downloads are in the top ten just as it is to have a top ten album/single.

As well as providing a list of super songs we think you should listen to, links have been provided where possible (if not then a live video or something) so you can set about expanding your mind. 10 new and completely different songs for every musical taste, in no particular order. Enjoy.

R Kelly Is Looking to Finish Michael Jacksons Last Album for Him.


R&B star R. Kelly has plans to finish the album Michael Jackson was supposedly working on before his death in June. In an interview with, Kelly said that he and the King of Pop had been speaking not long before Jackson’s death about helping complete the album.

It was Kelly who penned one of Jackson’s biggest hits, the ballad “You Are Not Alone.” The platinum-selling single was the first record to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 when it debuted in 1995.

“I recorded five joints for Michael Jackson,” Kelly said.

“This studio here is where Michael recorded. And we had been talking on the phone about his new album, and I was going to finish what Michael was doing at the time. We’re going to get it out though. Michael liked the way I would try to sing the songs just like him.”

R.E.M. Music Video for Drive Live At The Olympia in Dublin, Ireland

R.E.M. has just released a new video from their upcoming 39-song release Live at the Olympia. The beautiful black and white video was filmed at the Olympia club in Dublin where R.E.M. tested out new songs for their 2008 studio album Accelerate. The video comes complete with Michael Stipe reading through the lyrics and accidentally jumping into the chorus when he shouldn’t.

Check out the video below

UK Music Retailer HMV Announced 50% Acquisition in 7Digital an Online Music Store


It has been reported over at Techcrunch that UK music retailer HMV has announced at its AGM that they will be buying a 50 percent stake in online music retailer 7Digital for £7.7 million. The move looks set to give HMV a ‘great leap forward’ in digital, since 7Digital has been fleet of foot in pushing non-DRM MP3s, open formats and signed deals with tech rock stars like Spotify. CEO Ben Drury, CTO James Kane and other managers are staying on and will be joined by three more from HMV on the JV board.

HMV Group will now use the five year-old 7Digital as its sole supplier for “all of its existing digital operations” in the UK and Canada. 7Digital will also be used to build a new e-books and audiobooks store for HMV’s Waterstones subsidiary, an area previously untouched by 7Digital. HMV’s own effort,, has bombed, so this deal probably couldn’t come soon enough.

It is great to see that HMV is actually trying new model and markets. It was even reported a month or so ago that HMV had signed their first ever band to a record label, The Boxer Rebellion.

RouteNote Helps You To Sell Your Music on iTunes, Amazon Mp3, eMusic, Spotify and more

Previously here at RouteNote we have briefly talked about how to get your music onto iTunes, but today I just wanted to let everyone know about our service yet again.

RouteNote is the UK’s leading digital music distributor and we are trying to offer unsigned and independent artists easy access to everything a major label would normally offer. Firstly, with RouteNote there are no signup fees and we dont charge any monthly subscriptions. RouteNote receives 10% of the net revenues generated by our artists and we sent the other 90% back the artist. Artists have the ability to pick and choose which distributors they want to send their music too and we are always looking to add more and more partners on a daily basis.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get your music into the marketplace then RouteNote might be the solution for you.

Napster Music Download Store Launches Their New Mobile Access Website


Napster, the pioneer of digital music, today announced subscribers can now access their account at from most web-enabled phones, regardless of carrier. Subscribers can now browse, search, preview and use account credits to download tracks “over the air” from Napster’s library of more than nine million songs.

Napster customers currently receive five MP3s and unlimited listening on the PC for $5 per month. Beginning today, they can redeem credits and download tracks “over the air,” as well as receive a back-up MP3 copy for their PC – at no additional cost. Consumers can also create a new account or add credits to an existing account directly from their phone using a Napster prepaid card.

“Napster subscribers can now discover and download music at anytime on more phones from just about any carrier,” said Brad Duea, Napster president. “This is one of the strongest steps we’ve made to date toward our goal of making Napster and music accessible anytime, anywhere.”

To promote the debut of, and celebrate September as “Music Month,” Best Buy will offer $15 worth of Napster music (15 songs to keep and three months of unlimited listening on the PC) at no charge with the purchase of any contract mobile phone.

“Mobile phones are becoming the focal point for how people connect with their world, and music is a big piece of that,” said Jude Buckley, chief marketing and merchant officer for Best Buy Mobile. “Our customers want to be able to download and listen to music no matter where they are, and now Napster makes it accessible and simple to get music on any type of mobile phone.”

Today’s debut of is the first of many initiatives coming from Napster in the near future that exemplify the company’s strategy of making music instantly available from everywhere one might be.

Advice For New Bands From

Rock Band

Starting up a band is relatively easy. Four mates that all wanna be rock stars, can all play reasonably, right some songs that you all think are the nuts (or learn covers that make money) and find a place to practice. Most starting up bands though all have jobs that help them fund their obsession with the latest release from Gibson or whoever you adore. That’s just the problem though, working men in Indy (or whatever your music scene thing is) bands don’t have the time to promote themselves. Its just not realistic to be a super mum and plug your band at the same time. So what precious time they do have needs to count. Here are three easy steps from that should make it easier. And I hope that subscribers are all reading this! (if not, shame on you!)

  • Gigs. The bottom line for a band is playing in front of people. There is no point in rocking out and singing about saving the universe if you’ve got on-one to listen. Open mic nights are good place to start if you can make it. Offer to play every week with the establishment, so there is always someone there at least, they’ll appreciate that and you’ll find yourself in a  semi-house band situation. You’ll end up playing with other people too and eventually creating a name for yourself in the local community.
  • Social Networking. Social network yourself like crazy. Make friends with every band that slaps themselves on Myspace or Facebook and they’ll make friends with you right back. Even if they make a thousand empty promises to go to your gigs, they’ll still know your name an recognise it if they see it on a poster or their friends tell them about you. Try to go to as many of their gigs as possible. You’ll not only be able to create some more contacts and friends along the way, but it will encourage them to go to yours. More people at your gigs means things are improving already. You can then start to plug your social network site and contacts to your fans.microphone
  • Contacts and Circles. Semi-contradictory to the second one, don’t follow everyone else at once, sometimes its nice to be missed. Spend most of your social Network time (when you go out i mean not in front of the PC) at a lot of the same places. Follow local promoters that you think have a genuine interest in your band and follow bands that you want to work with. You’ll start to become a regular and will become synonymous with the music scene. It should result in you becoming “that guy” people think of if they need an amp or whatever. They’ll start to ring you and offer you gigs, soon after that the band should start to look after itself.